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"Wir werden jedenfalls nachfragen."

Translation:We will definitely inquire.

February 3, 2013



Why is ´We will in any case inquire.´ wrong?


That has a subtly different meaning. "In any case" and "anyway" are usually used in English to say something is true or will happen despite something else.

Sometimes it's just used to mark that the previous thought is over, so the next thought is true "in any case" regardless of anything that might have been included in the previous thought.

Now, Jedenfalls literally does mean "in any/every case", but Germans don't attach the "despite" concept to the word, so it truly means something is true or will happen no matter what.


What is the difference between "nachfragen" and "fragen"?


fragen = ask
nachfragen = inquire

My guess is the addition of nach- adds the implication that you're going to go and pursue the answer or resolution to a question. But for all intents and purposes, nachfragen is just a more formal way to say almost the same thing.


inquire = to make a formal investigation enquire = to ask (formal) at least in British English this is a difference. I don't know if American English does the same.


Seems to me "We will inquire anyhow" should be accepted


It seems to me that ebenfalls would have been better than jedenfalls.


are you a native German speaker? if not, can a native speaker attest to this?


I am a native speaker and Ebenfalls would be wrong in this sentence as it would mean that beside somebody else, you also inquire the same thing. ebenfalls = likewise, as well. Jedenfalls is rather "in any case", "anyhow" , nevertheless. So I think duolingos solutions are not quite fitting here. You would use to stress that you stand to your point of view despite somebody elses opposite opinion. I hope this helps


That's a little confusing actually, because "anyhow"/"anyway" don't literally mean "any way". We usually use "anyhow" and "anyway" along the lines of "regardless", such as to put aside or ignore the previous discussion.

The way I interpret it is that "jedenfalls" is like "in any possible case", which is how we get "definitely" as a definition. In other words "We will inquire in any possible case" / "We will inquire no matter what" / "We will definitely inquire".


Why then is "we will enquire anyhow" wrong


No, I'm not a native speaker; hopefully a native speaker will weigh in on this. My reasoning was based on checking Pons. The suggestions for translations of the two words just made ebenfalls seem a better choice to me.


I really wish duolingo had some sort of verification system for native speakers with a badge on their name. It would clarify discussion tremendously!


I concur; but I can't be sure.

Help us, Germans! :)


Why is check wrong for nachfragen?


My answer was rejected: "We will definitely ask about it." My instinct was that nachfragen, in contrast to fragen, implies a topic/issue that is being asked about. in my (native English-speaking) experience, we would hardly ever say "We will inquire" without adding "about (something)." Any thoughts about this from other native English speakers, and from native German speakers who can explain the nuance of nachfragen?


what about durchaus?


We will inquire no matter what?


"We will ask for sure" close enough right?


Why doesn't it accept "We will certainly inquire"?


Probably should. And I see that it was reported to have worked on 1 Feb 2014. Maybe they changed their minds? A little weird.


'at any rate' and 'nevertheless' and 'all the same should also be accepted. I can't figure out how to recommend it as an addition to Duo


I stated 'at any rate', and it was marked wrong. Many many times, Duo puts there own word in that are not even given as potions. What is this, a gambling casino where the house sets it up in their favor?? I could say, please stop playing around with exactness, but Duo gets caught up in that too.


So this is how wars occur - frustration over learning a language. I hope we can find an answer to all this confusion. I only live so long . . . and time is running out!!


I think anyway should also be accepted for jedenfalls


Can I say "we will inquire by all means"?


"We will definitely ask". Did not seem to work? Why?


"We will inquire in any case" was marked as incorrect.


So far, I am not convinced that it is substantially different in meaning from, "We will definitely inquire". Can any native German speakers enlighten me ??


Certainly wasn't accepted but why? Means roughly the same as "definitely" which is accepted.


"certainly" was accepted on 1 Feb 2014, so I guess they're listening!


why 'question' is not accepted as translation for 'anfragen'? E.g - i will question you.


In the example above and all others in the first person, it wrongly gives the English as "will". The future in English is, "I shall, you will, he will" etc. It's a small but very irritating point which is reinforcing bad grammar and practice. "I will" is an assertion, not a future, and that is why the wedding vow in the UK is "I will". It expesses an intention rather than a prediction. Most important!


I disagree, I will is a way to express a future action, just like I shall. https://www.ef.com/ca/english-resources/english-grammar/simple-future-tense/


Disagree by all means but I'm afraid it doesn't change wrong to right. Why not consult your Fowler? "You will" and "he/she will" is a future but "You shall" and "he/she shall" is an assertion (or prohibition, viz "Thou shalt not"). Exactly the reverse is true of the first person. It's schoolboy stuff really. As regards Duolingo, I suspect it's just easier than attending to every nuance of correctness for those for whom it's not the first language.

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